17-Year-old on the verge of aging out of foster care begs to be adopted
It's a sad fact that the older a child gets, the harder it can be for them to be adopted. Indeed, there are plenty of couples out there willing to adopt a baby, or a cute little toddler, who simply won't have nearly as much compassion for a child of 10 or older.
This could be down to couples looking to raise a child as 'their own' or because they think children aren't as in need of a family the older they get, but this can make growing up in foster care, without finding a family, an especially frustrating process for many young people.
One person who knows this all too well is 17-year-old called Haven. Haven, who hails from Oklahoma, is almost about to turn 18, and will soon age out of foster care.
He has been in care since he was 12, and currently lives in a shelter with four other children. Now, he's turned to local news in a desperate appeal to find a family before it's too late.
Check out this video of Haven talking to reporters below:
Talking to KFOR reporters in a recent interview, Haven stated that he'd found living in foster care for the last five years to be exasperating, stating that: "It gets old at times. Just being there. Not being able to go out whenever I want."
When asked what kind of people he hoped would adopt him, Haven stated: "Anyone who will take me. I don’t really care. As long as it’s a family that will show love for me and be there for me." He added that he was eager to become part of a real family so "you can have someone to help you, like be there for you if you need help."
When news of the young man, who wants to have a flourishing career in the military some day, hit social media, many people were touched by Haven's plight.
If you'd like to help give kids like Haven a loving home, then why not visit Adopt US Kids for help and further advice on the subject?